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Messenger - Text and Video Chat for Free for Android

By Facebook Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Messenger - Text and Video Chat for Free

  • Discover a faster way to message
  • Last updated on 09/21/20
  • There have been 2 updates within the past 6 months

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Jan 17, 2017

Facebook Messenger for Android offers just about everything you'd want in a messaging app, with hooks into your Facebook contacts to help you connect with friends.

Pros

Multiple ways to add contacts: Messenger automatically connects you to your Facebook friends, and you can add non-Facebook contacts via their mobile phone numbers. When prompted by the app, you have the option of uploading your phone contacts to Facebook or using your phone number to connect with those who are not Facebook friends. You also have the choice of using Messenger as your default SMS app.

Optional encryption: Messenger's Secret Conversations is available on Android and iOS devices to send and receive end-to-end encrypted messages. Group messages and video and voice calls aren't supported. By default, Secret Conversations are not turned on in Messenger; you need to enable the feature to encrypt messages.

Chat with friends: In addition handling text chats, Messenger is loaded with goodies to make your messages more entertaining, including adding stickers and GIFs to chats.

Voice and video: Messengers lets you make free worldwide voice and video calls. After a group chat, Messenger remembers the participants if you want to chat up the same group later.

Play games: Challenge friends to nearly three dozen games, including Space Invaders and Galaga. In a conversation, tap the Game Controller icon, select a game, and tap Play Now to challenge a friend.

More than just chat: Snap photos, capture videos (including ones with Snapchat-like filters and stickers), and record voice messages to share. Tap the dollar sign icon to send and receive money with friends. You can also add chatbots that will help you make travel plans, for example, or see the latest news.

Cons

A tight fit: Though Facebook had the good sense to make Messenger its own mobile app instead of yoking it to the Facebook app, Messenger still packs a lot into one app. Remembering where to find some features can be challenging.

Bottom Line

Facebook's Messenger packs a lot of goodness into one app, from text, voice, and video chat to classic arcade games. With seemingly everyone on Facebook, Messenger might be the only messaging app you need to keep in touch with family and friends.

Full Specifications

What's new in version September 14, 2020

The latest version may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

General

Release September 21, 2020
Date Added September 21, 2020
Version September 14, 2020

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 665,486
Downloads Last Week 96
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Developer's Description

Be together whenever, with our free* all-in-one communication app, complete with unlimited text, voice, video calling and group video chat features. Easily sync your messages and contacts to your Android phone and connect with anyone, anywhere.

FREE VIDEO CALLS TO STAY CONNECTED

Keep your friends and family close with unlimited live video chatting - like facetime, but works across devices (Android, iOS, etc.). Host group video calls with up to 8 people, with high-quality audio, high definition video, and interactive video features like face filters.

UNLIMITED FREE TEXT & PHONE CALLS

Skip exchanging phone numbers and simply send a message to your Facebook friends, even if they're across the world. Enjoy high-quality voice and text messaging on mobile, tablet, and desktop.

RECORD AND SEND VOICE AND VIDEO MESSAGES

When text just won't cut it, just hit record and send. Say, sing, show, or shout it out loud.

TURN OFF THE LIGHTS IN DARK MODE

Give your eyes some rest with a sleek new look that darkens the colors of the chat interface.

EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH STICKERS, GIFS, AND EMOJIS

Use custom stickers to show your creative side. You can even add effects and filters to video calls.

SEND FILES, PHOTOS, AND VIDEOS

There's no limit to the number of files you want to share with your friends.

SEND MONEY SECURELY AND EASILY (within US only)

Send and receive money from friends in the app by adding your debit card or PayPal account.

SHARE YOUR LOCATION

Suggest a meeting spot or tell friends where you are by sharing your location with just a few taps.

CHAT WITH BUSINESSES

Easily connect with your favorite businesses to make reservations, get customer support, find deals and more.

BRING SMS INTO MESSENGER

No need to open multiple apps to stay in touch. Use one app for SMS and Messenger.

COMPATABLE ACROSS PLATFORMS

Chat with friends across an array of devices, like desktop, Portal, and iOS.

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LEARN MORE about Messenger texting and group video chat at: http://messenger.com (http://messenger.com/)

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